Spoke Newsletter – 01/08/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 01/08/2015

Spoke for January 8, 2015
We hope you all rang in 2015 responsibly. Like so many people at this time of year, a lot of you probably sang Auld Lang Syne, drank a right guid-willie waught, reminisced about times long gone, and then made your resolutions for the new year.

American author and humorist Mark Twain’s take on New Year’s Resolutions: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual.” And from Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune: “Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.”

The Rotary Club of Redlands has a long history with RUSD. We support the district’s students and programs, from Student of the Month to Breakfast with a Book; scholarships for college to dictionaries for the young. And RUSD has supported the club with the membership of its leaders (Lori, Sabine, Neal, and Bob) and their commitment to our community activities. At our last meeting I’m sure all in attendance were thrilled by the performance the The Elite Lumiere de Chanson, directed by Kimberly Taylor of CVHS. This outstanding group is comprised of upper classmen who have developed vocal techniques that focus on the more complex part of singing.

Although we often see evidence of RUSD programs and student talent, once again we were treated to a program that underscores the variety of disciplines and the wonderful results our students achieve. What a great way to begin the holiday season. We all left with smiles of pride and joy.

Thanks to Jeff Frazier who is on the board of the Fire and Burn Foundation, this week’s program features Kylie Apodaca who is the Director of Programs and Community Outreach for that very worthwhile foundation which is a non-profit dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through education and support. Before taking this current positon, Kylie volunteered with the organization for nine years while working in the local fire service and in the local emergency medical service industry. Through her experience in emergency medical services she encountered numerous burn victims and learned how their injuries affected all facets of their lives. She knew this was a cause she could impact in a positive and meaningful way and, in fact, it was one that touched her own life because her best friend had sustained such an injury as a child.

Oven Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Kickin Collard Greens (No first Rotary meal of New Year should be without them), Salad Bar, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Rabbi Hillel Cohn has come out of semi-retirement to return to Congregation Emanu El, now of Redlands, to lead the congregation as it conducts a search for a new rabbi. Rabbi Cohn was the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu El from 1963-2001 as well as a very involved leader in a multitude of various community organizations. One of his truly significant accomplishments was officiating at the marriage of Ellen Gaynor to Stan Weisser in 1966. When he performs a marriage, it sticks. Rabbi Cohn may not see this accomplishment to be as significant as does your editor
“His topic will be “Advice on Writing Your Will”.

March 23 (Monday) – Wine Maker Dinner, 6PM at The Mitten Building. This is a $200 value,” however, for you we have a deal”. $100 each if you present this Spoke at the time of purchase. March 28 (Saturday) – Red White and blues – Redlands Country Club.

And These Words Just for Florin….Poate va bucurati – va de o buna sanatate, fericire si bucurie prin Noua An!

Welcome to 2015, fellow Rotarians! For those of us still getting used to years beginning with “20” instead of “19,” we’ll try to keep up.

I thought I might share with all of you my 10 New Year’s Resolutions in hope they might inspire you to follow suit and make a few yourself.

1. I resolve to collect every dime and dollar of monies pledged by our members to the Redlands Rotary Foundation by the end of my term.

2. I resolve that if someone sends me a funny email or FaceBook post, I will not respond “LOL.”

3. I resolve to always wear clean underwear “just in case.”

4. I resolve I will stop calling my fellow motorists obscene and derogatory names, no matter how clueless, incompetent, dangerous, stupid, unenlightened, and ugly they are, or how recklessly they drive.

5. I resolve to stop saying “Ooh that feels NICE!” when going through secondary screening by TSA.

6. I resolve to stop trying so hard to be prefect.

7. I resolve to never again take a sleeping pill and a stool softener at the same time.

8. I resolve to stop rolling my eyes, laughing hysterically, and/or screaming every time someone tells me what a great television program “Downton Abbey” is.

9. I resolve to stop arguing with Siri and admit that my smartphone is smarter than I am.

10. I resolve to lose enough weight in 2015 so that my gut doesn’t jiggle when I brush my teeth.

Well, there you have it! Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year!

Editor – S and E – No. 24 – 1/8/15

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